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Arrest over twitter messages

Carlton Cole: Photo: Press Association

A 22-year-old man from Essex has been arrested today in connection with alleged racist twitter messages aimed at West Ham striker Carlton Cole.

The man, from Southend was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence.

The footballer highlighted the messages on the social networking site, which he received following his side's defeat at Swansea yesterday.

The 28-year-old player was targeted after the side lost 3-0.

The comments, which the player retweeted from his @CarltonCole1 account, questioned his performance.

"Police have arrested a 22-year-old man from Southend on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence following tweets sent to @Carltoncole1 (West Ham player Carlton Cole) on Saturday, August 25. Investigations are ongoing.

– Spokeswoman, Essex Police